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North West Folk News No 20

North West Folk music clubs pic'Playing traditional and contemporary folk songs, dance tunes and sea shanties, with traditional acoustic instruments alongside electric guitars, brass and an eclectic feast of international hand percussion, Blackbeard's Tea Party have, for the past two years, been reviving and re-inventing the long since sidelined genre of Folk Rock.

'With six members, each one crazier than the last, this is one enormous, sing-along, stomp-along, dance-along monster of a folk band!'

Sounds good doesn't it? But then it should do as the band wrote it themselves. (Not that modesty serves any purpose when it comes to promotional blurb.)

Informed opinion suggests that the music is as good as the flair for self-publicity, so get yourselves along to the launch of the latest album at the Duchess in York on Saturday October 22nd. Tickets and stuff at the links below.

But if you'd Rather

Also, on Saturday, 22nd October, there will be a charity folk fundraising night for Queenscourt Hospice, Southport. The focus of the evening will be the launch of the latest cd of songs and poems written by Geoff Parry and recorded by various artists, including Chris & Siobhan Nelson, Raphael Callaghan, Chris Harvey and Clive Pownceby.

The event will be held at the Park Golf Club, Park Road, Southport (i.e. where the Bothy meet), and starts at 7.30. There will be no admission charge, although a donation to Queenscourt will be welcomed. Sales of the new album (min. contribution 5) will also be donated to the Hospice.

A Night with a Difference

On Friday 28th October there is a themed folk night at the Briton's Protection pub at 50 Great Bridgewater Street in Manchester. The theme is Murder and Betrayal. Any musicians, singers, poets or storytellers that would like to contribute can email or just turn up on the night . It is requested that people try and use the theme as a guide for their chosen performances.

Harp and a Monkey will be playing along with some regulars and some new faces. Any suggestions for future themes are welcome.


Blackbeard's Tea Party
The Duchess, York
Murder and Betrayal
Folk Threads Manchester

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